Tuesday, July 12, 2016
At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)
I was reading a book by a favorite author the other day, a story that was lightly linked to other books she had written. It was a stand-alone, but it existed in the universe she had created in her other books. (The main character was familiar with the main characters of other novels.) And this got me thinking.
A lot of authors sort of create these little universes where all their characters reside. There's even a theory that all of Pixar's movies inhabit the same universe. So...
What if you ran into a favorite character from one of your favorite novels? And what if you then realized that you had fallen into the world where your favorite characters reside (or the world your favorite author keeps his/her stories)?